It seems that the good people at Mozilla have figured out a way to reverse the melting of the polar icecaps. Though I’m inclined to think we have a global weirding, what with the seasons shifting and record rainfall happening all the time, the folks at Mozilla have changed the icon that sits atop their Firefox web browser. The shift can be seen between versions 3.0.10 and 3.5, at least in the Mac OS X version of the browser. Compare the two icons via screenshots taken on my MacBook. I pieced them together to ease comparison.
As you can see, what had been a slight chill at the north pole in version 1.0.101 has become a substantial ice pack covering a significant portion of the northern hemisphere in version 3.5. Also, the clever fox’s fur has taken on more mature and subtler tones, suggesting that it is ready for a bit of global cooling. Or perhaps that is survived the heating and now needs to absorb more light in its fur. We always knew it was better to use open source software for a number of reasons. We can now add “enabling of denial of global warming” to that list.
Of course, the most likely explanation is that the graphic designers on the Firefox team just thought it looked better this way, which I must agree with. Mac users who disagree can simply copy and paste their favored icon onto the other, thus enabling harmony in the ever-warming world.